University of Cumbria

Degree level: Postgraduate

Psychology: Research Methods and Statistics (Taught)

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Course summary

This course is designed for graduates who wish to pursue a career in researching professional psychology. You'll gain skills in research design and planning, statistical data analysis, disseminating research (e.g. conferences, publishing in journals) and how to pursue a successful career in the field. We use a variety of blended learning and campus-based activities specifically designed to meet the needs of learners working in a range of contexts. COURSE OVERVIEW If you want to pursue a career in research or academia, our innovative MSc Psychology: Research Methods and Statistics course will be a great first step to enable you to go onto PhD research and beyond. We’ve earned a great reputation nationally for our cutting edge research methods and we will teach you to use differing and specialist methods, equipping you for future challenges and advancing your career prospects. This pathway aims to provide a stimulating and challenging academic and scholarly environment for learners who wish to advance their academic and professional development beyond undergraduate level, through developing specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of psychological research methodology debates. It has been designed to cover the traditional and non-traditional research methods, such that prospective academics and practitioners alike feel equipped for future challenges. ON THIS COURSE YOU WILL...

  • Be able to explore and apply psychological literature to current issues, contexts and experiences for Level 7 qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Be given high quality support and guidance by our lecturing team who are active in their research and practice.
  • Learn valuable transferrable skills in PG research, which are highly sought after by employers.
  • Have the opportunity to choose topics and areas that you want to learn more about to tailor your learning experience.
  • Have the opportunity to shape your MSc experience to your own interests and career goals, allowing our team to help you to reach your ideal future career.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN The Psychology: Research Methods and Statistics course provides a set of modules that will enhance specialist subject knowledge and key skills for working in research and practice, all delivered by subject specialists. It is designed to build on your existing learning experiences and offers flexible learning opportunities to improve your career prospects. This programme has been designed to cover the traditional and non-traditional research methods, such that prospective academics and practitioners alike feel equipped for future challenges. The main aim is to provide you with the opportunity to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics and techniques in psychological research methods. Theoretical and practical issues pertinent to those working in research contexts will be examined critically. Theoretical and practical issues pertinent to those working in research contexts will be examined critically. In addition, this programme of study seeks to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to undertake and report research to a publishable standard. Modules
  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies and Techniques
  • Implementing Psychological Research Techniques
  • Professional Values and Ethics
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Negotiated learning
  • Dissertation

Assessment method

A full range of assessment methods has been selected in order to enhance student learning and to help students to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved all the module learning outcomes, and, overall, the programme aims. Each module’s learning outcomes relate to the module assessment item(s). Students have an opportunity across the programme to self-reflect on their progression and their development.These self-reflections contribute to and are evidenced in assessments through a variety of means. Types and methods of assessment will include group seminars and presentations; essays; portfolio of evidence (achievement of clinical competences and written evidence); viva, examination; OSCE/practical skills assessments; map of patient/client experience; reflective essay; community health profile; reflective incident recording; poster presentation; dissertation Modules use formative and summative assessment so that students' progress through a module in a structured and constructive way and build knowledge for practice in a coherent and logical way. Formative assessments are designed so that feedback on the individual student’s performance is provided prior to the submission of the final, summative assessment – though this does not contribute to the final module mark or the credit awarded. The wordage – or equivalent – for both formative and summative assessments is counted towards the whole module assessment wordage.

Entry requirements

Students should have a 2:2 or above in a relevant undergraduate degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course, please contact the Enquiry Centre for further details. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for relevant prior learning at the same academic level.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6125 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6125 Year 1
Scotland £6125 Year 1
Wales £6125 Year 1
EU £13250 Year 1
International £13250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Psychology: Research Methods and Statistics at University of Cumbria - UCAS